Awareness over the impacts of glyphosate on humans, animals and the environment has grown slowly, but steadily in the last two decades. By now a lot of organisations around the world campaign against the use of this ingredient in herbicides for agriculture and gardening. Moreover, many local or central governments around the world have taken steps to limit its use to various degrees (as well as some municipalities in the UK).
Following a cross-regional event between YFoE Africa and YFoE Europe that took place in Brussels in July, members of both networks worked together to draft this letter to member states of the EU. In it we highlight the injustices and barriers faced by people from the Global South coming to Europe and explain why this is such a crucial obstacle in the fight for climate justice.
Our agri-activism volunteers in Wales are getting stuck into campaigning against harmful agricultural practices. Costas Kaloudis tells us about why they are fighting the herbicide glyphosate in particular.
Every year YFoEE organises placements at Caerhys Organic Farm in Wales, where volunteers get the opportunity to learn about organic, community farming and participate in anti-GMO activism. Tosca Boot, from the Netherlands, is one month into her three month placement.
To mark ten years of Young Friends of the Earth Europe, we spoke to some of the key people who've been involved since it started up in 2007.
From those who set it up and coordinated it from the start to the steering group members and volunteers who bring it to life, we're looking back at the actions, summer camps, workshops and fun that have made this network so special to so many people.
On Thursday the 3rd of August, around 80 European and African young people from the Young Friends of the Earth network visited the province of Groningen in The Netherlands. In order to understand the devastating effects of gas extraction, the group went on an excursions which took them along affected communities and the biggest gas extraction field of Europe.
Myrto from Cyprus
And we're off!
YFoEE Summer Camp #7 has started! We are in a hostel in a beautiful forest in the north of the Netherlands. We have already had sessions to introduce Young Friends of the Earth Europe and Young Friends of the Earth Africa. We have heard stories from participants from Armenia, Russia, South Africa, Mozambique and elsewhere. We have discussed our hopes, our expectations, laid out our rules for the camp and our space. We have played lots of games, tried desperately to learn over 50 names and made lots of new friends.
Peter Kodde, a long-time Dutch eco-activist, will be showing us what strong NVDA looks like.
We interviewed Kaya Thomas, who will be running a workshop on food sovereignty at our upcoming summer camp. Check out what she had to say below!